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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Oct 29, 2013 9:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Digital recording of the SBDs, when ?

Going back again to the "Warlocks" shows, I was struck by how lacking in warmth they were, like a lot of SBDs form the late era . Listening to the Winterland 77, set , and now the Fillmore West 69 set, I was struck by how much more "rich" these sounded . Is this because they were recorded on analog reel to reel ? I know they went to analog cassette in the mid 80's, so to the move to digital (dat?) Was an improvement over those cassettes .
But all these years later, there are all sorts of grades of digital .
When did they switch to digital ? Did it make the SBDs clearer but less "musical" ? I am aware that digital is a whole lot easier to edit and mix, and this is one of the reasons, to this day, it is used in preference to analog, or currently available higher resolution formants . Also, how far up the chain was the digital stage ? Was it only the recording, or was the sound (PA) coming from a digital source (was the mixer digital ?), and thus even the AUD tapes (unless you were real close) getting their sound already passed through a digital source ? I know I am opening the decades long argument about digital, but I was wondering if this might be a contributing factor to many of us having a bias to the "good old days", besides the obvious musical reasons .

p.s. - I am not slighting the contributions of who was doing the recording (betty vs Dan, etc ;nor the change of the bands musical instruments .

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Poster: Pat Buzby Date: Oct 30, 2013 7:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Digital recording of the SBDs, when ?

According to Dick they began recording digital in late 1982.

For the "Warlocks" and other 89/90 shows there could be several board sources, two-track mixes done on the night of the show by Dan Healy and John Cutler and later mixes from the multitrack tapes.